Here’s What You Need to Know About the Hawaii Sunscreen Ban

In 2018, Hawaii made headlines by banning sunscreen. Passed by state lawmakers in May and signed into law by Gov. David Ige in July, the bill prohibits the sale or distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate — with the exception of those prescribed...

New Groundwater Treatment System Headed to Puente Valley

Construction on a new $40 million groundwater treatment system is underway in Puente Valley, as part of an ongoing cleanup effort at the San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site in the Los Angeles area. To kick things off, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in September to...

A Look at Harmful Algal Blooms: What You Need to Know

Algae grows naturally within its ecosystems, but certain species reproduce at such a fast rate, they become dangerous. Microscopic systems in the ocean can bloom into dense patches near the surface — commonly referred to as “red tides” — according to the Smithsonian...

Muskegon Lake Cleanup Efforts Underway

Michigan’s Muskegon Lake is getting a major overhaul. A nearly $3 million cleanup effort began mid-summer to get rid of old sawmill debris at the bottom of the lake and restore the local fish habitat — which includes the endangered lake sturgeon. Plans for the...

Beware of Blue-Green Algae in Illinois Lakes and Streams

Blue-green algae is an issue in Illinois lakes and streams. Also known as cyanobacteria, these microscopic organisms occur naturally and can reproduce very quickly in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water in direct sunlight, according to the Illinois Environmental...

Berry’s Creek in N.J. Slated for $332 Million EPA Cleanup

The Berry’s Creek Study Area in Bergen County, N.J. is in for a major cleanup. Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed off on the $332 million cleanup on Sept. 25, designed to address a major share of the contamination within the...

Progress Underway at Gowanus Canal Superfund Site

The Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York recently received a major cash infusion. In May, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed it reached a $100 million agreement with the National Grid, which will go toward cleanup efforts near the head of the...

Hawaii Volcano Eruptions Spike Fear the West Coast is Next

Hawaii’s Big Island has been rocked by volcanic eruption since May 3. During the first four weeks of eruptions, emergency officials estimate approximately 2,500 residents were forced to evacuate. At least 75 structures were also destroyed by this natural disaster. As...